Just What I Needed


Just What I Needed

Single infobox
Name = Just What I Needed


Caption =
Type =
Artist = The Cars
alt Artist =
from Album = The Cars
Published =
Released = Start date|1978|5|29
Recorded = AIR Studios, London, February 1978
Genre = New Wave
Length = 3:46
Writer = Ric Ocasek
Composer =
Label = Elektra Records
Producer = Roy Thomas Baker
Chart position = * #17 (UK)
* #25 (US)
* #35 (Canada)
Last single = -
This single = "Just What I Needed" (1978)
Next single = "My Best Friend's Girl" (1978)

"Just What I Needed" is a song by the band The Cars on their self-titled album in 1978 on Elektra Records. "Just What I Needed" is sung by The Cars' bass player Benjamin Orr, not Ric Ocasek, their usual lead singer. The song peaked 17 in the UK and 27 in the US. This song first appeared in 1977 on a Boston radio station, WBCN, as a demo tape for The Cars. Shortly after it became the radio's most requested song.

In the media

*Performed by The Cars at the 1985 benefit concert "Live Aid".
*Played in the 1979 film "Over the Edge".
*Played in the 1998 film " The Wedding Singer".
*Played in the 1999 film "Boys Don't Cry".
*Played in the 2005 film "Sky High".
*Covered by The Vagrant City Scandal several times in concert and on their 2008 EP Laissez-Faire
*Covered by Weezer several times in concert.
*Covered by Hawk Nelson in concert.
*Covered by Mishima USA on their album "Hold My Breath."
*Covered by Ghost of the Robot at a live performance
*Covered by Sister Hazel on their 2004 album "Lift".
*Covered by Sifl and Olly on their TV show.
*Covered by Poison, on their album Poison'd.
*Covered by Bang Tango on their album "Untied and live!!!".
*Covered by The Insyderz on their album "Fight Of My Life".
*Covered by Bush several times in concert and as a duet with Chris Isaak performed at the The Chris Isaak Show
*Covered by Damone for the Album "Tribute to the Cars: Substitution Mass Confusion"
*Played in various Circuit City commercials in 2005, 2006, and 2007.
*Featured in the trailer for the 2008 film, "Baby Mama" starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.


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